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Mikhail Evstafiev, GFDL  

Seminar 3: Aesthetics, ethics, politics: representations of violence against children
Friday 5 November 2010, 9.30am - 5pm, Sandra Burslem Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Campus
This seminar looks at violence and the visual in relation to childhood. It explores the different ways in which non-governmental organisations, the media and anti-war campaigns represent childhood suffering in the context of violence and how these representations intersect with discourses on childhood innocence to prevent the circulation of particular images of violence. It brings contemporary debate about the aestheticisation of suffering and the ethics and politics of representing "the body in pain" to the study of childhood.


Coffee and registration

9.45am - 12.45pm
Debating violence and childhood (Room SB2.10)
Introduction: Professor Erica Burman, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Daniela Caselli, Manchester University, Childhood and the violence of empathy
China Mills, Manchester Metropolitan University, Violent 'treatment': who counts as a child and what counts as violence
Dr Jane Kilby, Salford University, Children and the pornography of violence

11.30 - 11.45am
Tea break

Dr Karen Wells, Birkbeck College, Images of children in conflict and disaster: the ethics and politics of representation
Commentary and discussion led by Johanna Motzkau, The Open University

12.45 -1.45pm
Lunch (Pennine Suite, Staff House, top floor All Saints)

1.45 - 5pm
Interventions and resistances (Room SB2.10)
Dr Khatidja Chantler, Manchester University, The power of the visual in assessing children's ages
Anne Potter, Barnardos and Ian Coutts, Cafcass, Sense and sensibility?
Sanna Nissinen, The Open University, Documenting suffering: the production of the charity image (Click here for Powerpoint presentation)

3.15 - 4.15pm
Tea and small group discussion, facilitated by Dr Virginia Morrow, Dr Heather Montgomery and Professor Alison Watson

4.15 - 5pm
Chairs: Dr Karen Wells and Professor Erica Burman


Listen to clips from the seminar below: 

Dr Khatidja Chantler, The power of the visual in assessing children's ages

Dr Khatidja Chantler, questions

Anne Potter, Sense and sensibility?

Anne Potter, questions

Sanna Nissinen, Documenting suffering: the production of the charity image

Sanna Nissinen, questions




Click here to find out more about the other seminars in the series: Seminar 1; Seminar 2; Seminar 4; Seminar 5; Seminar 6.

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